The Latest Technology & Inventions

By Matthew Coleman The Warm Scrub Emergency physicians must spend all day in chilly hospitals wearing thin scrubs which are practical but poor providers of warmth. Bob Perez, a radiology technologist, said he “froze” in the bacteria-protected, cold atmosphere of his place of work for 18 years before envisioning ThermScrub, a warm, durable scrub. The ThermScrub maintains the function of a regular scrub, but is made of polyester fleece, a material often used in winter gloves and hats. The ThermScrub comes in nine colors, sizes XS-XXXL. For more information, visit www.thermscrub.com. Resuscitation Quick Guide Situations often arise in emergency medicine when quick decisions about critical medication and dosage information can mean life or death for a patient needing resuscitation. Though health care providers may have memorized the information, miscalculation mistakes are inevitable. That is where the ABCs of Resuscitation charts come in. These charts follow the same color pattern as familiar resuscitation systems, and supply a quick reference for resuscitation information. The color-coded categories are organized by patient age and weight, and contain emergency medications, precalculated dosages, and size specific equipment. The laminated, waterproof charts are available in pocket, clipboard, and wall sizes. For details, visit www.VedellsMD.com. Finding a Job Emergency physician Brian Rike, MD, found himself frustrated while looking for a job online. Many listings were rife with expired positions and other problems. So last May, he founded www.Code3Spots.com, a job site tailored for EPs. Don’t confuse the website as a recruiter-based resource. Jobs can be searched and listed…

New Technology & Inventions

By Matthew Coleman   This column focuses on the latest products, devices, and ideas to improve emergency medicine practice. Brief news releases and photographs are welcome, and must be submitted electronically. Images must be 300 dpi, in tiff, jpeg, or eps format, and at least 4“x4” in size. Please send information to [email protected] Portable Brain Cooler     Cooling the brain after cardiac arrest has been known to improve neurological outcomes in patients, and initiating this process as early as possible is essential. The RhinoChill Intra-Nasal Cooling System allows cooling to start in the field by using a noninvasive nasal catheter that sprays a rapidly evaporating coolant liquid into the nasal cavity. The system is small, battery-powered, easy to use, and portable, allowing for quick deployment in any prehospital and emergency setting. It also won the Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Product of the Year prize in the 2012 MEDTEC EMDT Innovation Awards. Visit www.benechill.com/wp/rhinochill-trade for details.   Innovative Wound Dressing     Patients with partial thickness burns must undergo painful dressing changes as frequently as twice daily, which can cause discomfort and potential wound infection. ConvaTec’s Aquacel Ag burn dressing can be left on for up to 21 days. The dressing features the company’s hydrofiber technology, which has been shown to lock in fluid and trap bacteria. It incorporates the antimicrobial action of silver, proven to kill a broad spectrum of pathogens, including MRSA, VRE, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida krusei, and Bacteroides fragilis. The Aquacel Ag burn dressings also…

In, Out, And On Your Way

  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find out the wait time at your local hospital without going and seeing the queue in person? How about for the hospital staff, who aim to provide patient satisfaction by optimizing in-hospital efficiency? Well, good news, all you need is a computer (or smart phone).   InQuicker (www.inquicker.com) allows emergency department and urgent care visitors to hold their hospital spot online, and then projects treatment times so they can arrive and be seen promptly. Updates are provided by way of phone call or email. The InQuicker system is also designed to filter certain symptom keywords that may indicate a true emergency. It will then respond with a prompt to call 911 or immediately go to the ED.  Tags: ED waiting timePublished: 9/10/2012 1:22:00 PM Original Article… Syndicated From…

Remote Monitoring Service

Clinicians in health care facilities can now quickly obtain data on the status of Medtronic implanted cardiac devices by using the CareLink Express Service, a remote monitoring system launched by Medtronic.  When cardiac device patients used to visit emergency departments for any reason unrelated to their implanted device, they often had to wait to have their implanted devices checked in-person by someone qualified. Now, physicians no longer have to wait for a cardiac device expert to perform checks, instead evaluating a patient’s device status online with a remote device representative. In a 55-site pilot program, hospitals using the service were able to reduce patient wait times over a six-month spanfrom an average of 84 minutes to fewer than 15 minutes. How does it work? Medtronic provides facilities with a monitor (like the one above), which is used to check the implanted Medtronic device. After using the CareLink Express to check a patient’s device, the data are transmitted to a device expert. The expert reviews the information remotely and provides an assessment of the device status to the hospital. Learn more about the CareLink Express Service by visiting www.medtronic.com Tags: implanted cardiac devicesPublished: 9/14/2012 8:13:00 AM Original Article… Syndicated From…

Gauze Stops Bleeding

  The QuickClot Combat Gauze has been shown to be 100 percent effective in stopping traumatic bleeding by second application in a model of simulated hemorrhagic shock.   The Combat Gauze, which is carried by all branches of the U.S. Military, is impregnated with the hemostatic agent kaolin. It has been used to stop bleeding in extreme physiologic conditions that are normally associated with risk of fatality.   A study completed by researchers at the Department of Surgery at Madigan Health Systems demonstrated that a single application of the Combat Gauze was able to stop bleeding in 89 percent of subjects, while the second round of treatment succeeded in stopping bleeding in all subjects.   Kaolin is an inert mineral that quickly promotes blood clotting, and it is indicated for external control of traumatic bleeding for any wound.   Learn more about QuickClot Combat Gauze at www.zmedica.com. Tags: stopping traumatic bleeding, kaolin, hemostatic agentPublished: 9/24/2012 10:40:00 AM Original Article… Syndicated From…